Norman Wells RCMP investigate after body found floating in Lennie Lake

An RCMP patrol vehicle. (CKLB file photo.)

Norman Wells RCMP are investigating after the discovery of what appears to be a deceased person floating in Lennie Lake, about 35 kilometres north of Norman Wells.

Police state in a news release that the call came in at about 1:15 pm on Monday.

They add that RCMP and the NWT Coroner Service attended the site and retrieved the body.

The identity of the deceased person has not yet been confirmed, and remains part of an on-going investigation, police stated.

They have not identified the gender of the deceased.

Darren Whiteman, 20, who had been reported missing, was last seen at his family’s cabin on Lennie Lake last September.

A post-mortem examination has been ordered as the RCMP continue to work together with the Coroner’s office on this investigation.

At this time no further information is available for release.

Anyone with information on this tragic discovery is asked to call Norman Wells RCMP at 587-1111, contact Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477, (click on “submit a web tip”) or text: nwtnutips to 274637.

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John McFadden
John has been in the broadcast journalism industry since the 1980s. He has been a reporter in Yellowknife since 2012 and joined CKLB in January of 2018. John covers the crime and court beat as well as reporting on other areas including politics, business, entertainment and sports. He won seven national community newspaper awards while he was a journalist with Northern News Services Limited (NNSL). John worked in Ontario before coming North including stints as a TV sportscaster in Peterborough and senior news writer for CBC and CTV in downtown Toronto.